Seven Quick Takes-July 26

1. We made it to end of July, and it is the weekend my sister and her family were supposed to visit. We delayed it because of the basement water damage, and we learned this week that the the damaged floor tiles that were under the carpet that was ripped up are asbestos tiles. Oh boy! This means we have to get those taken care of before repair work begins. Which means another week of work to get the whole job done. Thus, the whole summer is being taken up by a stupid leak in a pipe…

2. My sister and I spoke yesterday about their upcoming visit and decided no matter what state the basement is in we are going to make this basement happen. It just means that we will have six girls and four adults between three bedrooms. That is not so bad. We might even let the four girls who aged six, four, and two and a half share one room: a cousin sleepover! It will also give F a chance to practice sleeping in a pack n play before we visit St. Louis later in August.

3. M has been teaching a class this summer two nights a week from 5:30-9:30 pm. This means that I have to get the kids to bed alone. It has not been so bad except for that L (2.5) will not stay in her bed for about an hour after I tuck her in. Our bedtime routine consists of her coming out of her room about 30 seconds after each tuck in, and me trying not to lose it with her. When M is home he takes care of the older girls at bedtime, but he is also having the same problem. We have decided to give them about 15 minutes with a dim light and book at bedtime to give them time to settle down in their beds. It worked last night. I hope it continues to work and the time they get to read books is about as long as it takes to get F to fall asleep, so it might work great in terms of timing on the nights M is gone.

4. As I predicted last week, F (8 months) is on the move. The legless army crawl is her motion of choice. She needs her PT aunt and godmother to come and get her up on her knees. Remember my musings of last week about where she would end up once she could crawl? It is not at my feet as I cook. She is making her way to various rooms of the house. I caught her heading into my bedroom earlier.

5. I have gone back to making my own yogurt again, since I can make 8 cups of Greek yogurt for about $3 instead of spending .85 on 6 oz at Aldi. I have never made it plain before, usually flavoring it with vanilla, but I did this time. I am now addicted to a breakfast of Greek yogurt flavored with our homemade jam, and granola. The girls prefer their yogurt with Grape Nuts.

6. I really want to take the kids raspberry or blueberry picking this next week. I think they might be in season by now. I just need to find a good picking place. Anyone reading this in the Twin Cities who knows of a good place?

7. I have seen this vine growing in our yard for a few weeks now.

 M saw it today when he was out playing with the kids and thought it might be a pumpkin vine.  There was a smashed pumpkin in the yard after we closed on it (hidden under the snow when we first saw the house) and we can’t remember where it ended up to decompose. A quick image search of pumpkin vines showed me several like our vine, but also other varieties. Anyone know anything about pumpkins? Is this really a pumpkin vine? We might be able to tell once it takes over the yard. It would be pretty cook if we inadvertently grew a pumpkin plant. 🙂
And now I am linking up with Jen who hosts the Friday Quick Takes.

3 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes-July 26”

  1. Yep, that's definitely a pumpkin vine! Or at least, some sort of squash but since there was a pumpkin there, I guess that's safe bet 🙂

    Regarding the asbestos, several people we know who work in this type of field say that it's not really a problem unless the tiles are crumbling and you're constantly breathing in the dust. So, if you can, it's something you don't have to pay thousands of extra dollars for specialty treatment as long as you're careful…unless, of course, local regulations force you to.

    Have fun with the family visiting!

  2. Awesome about the pumpkin vine! I am glad I did not pull it when I was weeding. (Though that part of the yard is super weedy anyway.)

    There are about 3 crumbling tiles in one corner of the basement. We are planning on re-carpeting the whole basement. Since the tiles were damaged by our little flood, our insurance *should* cover whatever abatement procedures are needed. 🙂 Thanks for the advice!

  3. Love your site! I have never made home made yogurt and you have inspired me to try and attempt this chemistry in the kitchen. Also, my son goes to Franciscan University in Steubenville! He is a senior majoring in philosophy with a minor in Bioethics. Good to meet you..I'll drop back by soon…God Bless

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